Returning Filmmakers Share Their Stories

The Tupelo Film Festival is happy to bring back some our winning films and over the past twelve years beginning with the “Best of Show.”  For those who can join us they will share their stories of where they were and where they are today and what happened along their journey.  Others will share on an intro video before the film screens.

Marlyn Mason will be back with Right Regrets – 2014, along with Gena Ellis Angela’s Decision – 2007, Kat Phillips with Space Available – 2004″, Michael Williams, Ozland – 2015, Glenn Payne – Earthrise – 2015,  A Sister’s Call by Rebecca Schaper (2013) and the list continues.

Additional films that took awards to be screened will be Sense of Place by Rick Smith (2005), Who Does She Think She Is (2009) by Pamela Boll and Nancy Kennedy, Greetings From The Shore (2008) by Greg Chwerchak,  and Treasures From The Rubble (2012) by Alexandra Branyon in the collection.

Come out to see the films and hear the stories of these filmmakers.

THE RIGHT REGRETS – Oregon – Winner 2014th

Director: Ralph Senensky Writer: Marlyn Mason

Short – 36 minutes

The Right Regrets depicts a bittersweet and poignant long distance romance between twice-divorced American woman, Lily McHenry and charismatic and never-before-married Englishman, Charles Wickham.

SPACE AVAILABLE Georgia- Winner – 2004

DirectorKat Phillips

Short – 15 minutes

In the near future, the right to live will exist only when there’s “Space Available“.

Therefore, only a death can make room for a new life.

 

ANGELA’S DECISION – Missouri – Winner – 2007

Director Gena Ellis

Short – 50 minutes

 

Living in the middle of Australia’s desolate landscape, Angela has been waiting all her life. Waiting for her boyfriend to return from the army and marry her, waiting for her mother to sober up, waiting for her life to begin.

 

GREETINGS FROM THE SHORE – California – Winner – 2008

Director  – Greg Chwerchak

Feature – 120 minutes

Greetings from the Shore

Still reeling from the death of her father, a young girl spends one last summer at the Jersey Shore before heading off to college. But when her plans fall apart, the girl stumbles into a mysterious world of Russian sailors, high-stakes gambling, and unexpected love.

TREASURES FROM THE RUBBLE – New York – Winner – 2012

Director – Alexandra Branyon

Documentary – 60 Minutes

In 1905 Lois reasurersWilson is born into deep poverty in the rural south. Her first paint is the black shoe polish she snitches out of the pantry. Her first paintings are on pieces of scrap tin she picks up from the blacksmith shop of her alcoholic father. Little did she know at the time that she is following in the tradition of Outsider Artists who create art on found objects.

A SISTER’S CALL – Atlanta, Georgia -Winner – 2013

Directors –  Kyle Tekiela, Rebecca Schaper Kyle Tekiela

Documentary – 66 minutes

A Sister's Call Call and Rebecca Richmond were born into Atlanta’s high society. To their neighbors they we’re the perfect family. Nothing was further from the truth. Mary, their paranoid schizophrenic ..

OZLAND –  Mississipp – Winner – 2015

Director – Michael Williams

Feature – 105 minutes

Alex, a flawed family man, is forced to endure a personal journey of enlightenment under extraordinary circumstances.

 

EARTHRISE – Mississippi- Winner – 2015Earthrise

Director – Glenn Payne

Earthrise – 90 minutes

The mental state of our three main characters is vital to the story of Earthrise. Marshall in particular has a great deal at stake in the film. Give it a watch to learn more!

A SENSE OF PLACE – California – Winner – 2015

Director – Rick Smith

Feature – 60 minutes

Patrick Smith’s son, Rick (Patrick, Jr.) an award-wSense of Placeinning filmmaker living in California, shot and edited this loving tribute to his father, with help from his wife, Kim, herself a professional editor and producer.

Patrick Smith personally narrates this multiple award-winning program as video, historical photos and re-enacted scenes bring his stories to life.

Patrick Smith’s Florida, A Sense of Place is 54 minutes long and includes fascinating stories of Patrick Smith’s life and adventures; experiences that he had to have in order to write his books the way he did. It provides great insight not only into Florida’s past, but into the mind of one of her favorite writers.

WHO DOES SHE THINK SHE IS – New York/Massachusetts  – Winners – 2009 Who Doees She She Think She Is

Directors Pamela Tanner Boll, Nancy Kennedy

Documentary – 73 minutes

In a half-changed world, women are often forced to choose: Mothering or working? Your children’s well-being or your own own? Responsibility or self expression? Who Does She Think She Is?, a documentary by Academy Award winning filmmaker Pamela Tanner Boll, features five fierce women who refuse to choose. Through their lives, we explore some of the most problematic intersections of our time: mothering and creativity, partnering and independence, economics and art. Along the way, the film invites us to consider both ancient legacies of women worshiped as cultural muses and more modern times where most people can’t even name a handful of female artists. In the end, the diverse women in the film demonstrate that our creativity and our care-giving are not mutually exclusive, but deeply connected. In fact, their co-existence might just be the key to finishing the job.

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